Alliterating Advent, wk 4: IMMANUEL

Incarnation. Imminent. Illuminating …

IMMANUEL

God with us.

Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow. Forever.

In every season. In every situation.

Always present. Always faithful. Never failing.

Immanuel.

God has so many marvelous characteristics. His nature has so many facets.

He is …

Father

Friend

Bridegroom

Savior

Healer

Lord of Lords, King of Kings

And so much more

But…

If He isn’t Immanuel none of those things really matter all that much.

The good news?

He IS Immanuel.

Not just the One who came. Not just the One who’ll come again…

The One who stayed.

By the time I had a true revelation of Jesus, I had experienced a lot of loss in my life. During those early days of learning to walk with Him, over and over and over and over again, in sort of an endless loop in my mind, God kept repeating one simple, specific message. A message He really wanted me to get …

I’ll never leave you. 

He hasn’t. And knowing that–I mean really really knowing that at the core of my being–has made ALL the difference.

Seasons come, and seasons go, but He remains the same.

He is Immanuel. God with us. God for us. God who will never leave.

“And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” –Matthew 28:20

The incarnation was always imminent, forever illuminating the face of Immanuel.

Lord, may the miracle of the incarnation–the miracle that brought us face-to-face with Immanuel–be birthed afresh in our hearts. ~Amen.

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